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Bette & Cring Honored with “Build NY” Award

Rachel Ceasar - Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Since 1990, the General Build Contractors and now the Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS) have recognized projects that exemplify construction excellence and highlight the best in the state.


On April 16th, Bette & Cring was honored with a “2014 Jeffrey J. Zogg Build New York Award” for the construction of the Albany Medical Center Cogeneration Plant and presented with a plaque. This honor is shared with the entire construction team from the owner to the architects and engineers, and the many subcontractors, suppliers, and the individual men and women who made this project happen.


Our project team includes Cogen Power Technologies, CHA Consulting, FPI Mechanical; Rentech: Schenectady Hardware & Electric; Solar Turbines; Stonebridge Iron & Steel; and many others.


The Associated General Contractors of New York State produced a video summary of our award-winning project.


To view the VIDEO click here:



Down to the Final Critical Tasks for St. Joseph's Hospital's Cogen Facility

Rachel Ceasar - Thursday, August 21, 2014

St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, NY is just a month away from reaping the rewards of cogeneration - saving substantially on their overall power costs and generating their own power in a much more environmentally beneficial way.


As the construction phase is being wrapped up, it is now time for the startup and commissioning phase of the project; the final steps before Bette & Cring marks this one as another successful combined heat and power project. The $15 million cogeneration facilties being constructed at the hospital will not only provide a solution to their growing power needs but also bring them an array of lifelong, sustainable benefits.


The team is currently finalizing wiring and instrumentation, and performing the necessary pre-start checks on the critical pieces of equipment including; gas compressor, turbine, HRSG boiler and ancillary electrical gear. We just finished up a weekend phased shutdown for existing electrical gear modifications necessary for generator synchronization with the utility and now the team's focused on the upcoming 'first-fire' of the turbine. This is a major milestone for the project and the first of many upcoming critical tasks coming up in the following weeks. The next critical tasks include a boil-out of the boiler and the first real generation of steam.


This design-build project is coming down to these final critical tasks before the announcement of completion and Bette & Cring is sure that everything will go smoothly over the next month. We're excited to see the final outcome of the project and the many benefits it will bring to our valued client, St. Joseph's Hospital.




2014 ENR New York Rankings

Rachel Ceasar - Thursday, July 17, 2014

ENR New York, a supplement to Engineering News-Record, has released their annual top contractors list of rankings for 2014. This list includes the top contractors of the tri-state area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York).


Overall, Bette & Cring secured the 29th ranking for the top New York State contractors and 43rd overall.


Bette & Cring also ranked on several of the lists by sector including the following:

  • Power – 5th
  • Design-Builder– 10th
  • Educational – 14th
  • Transportation – 15th
  • General Contractors – 23rd
  • Renovation Contractors – 23rd


Bette & Cring is proud to earn these new rankings for 2014 and would like to congratulate our staff and all team members involved in making this happen.



Student Center - Morrisville State College & Metro North Bridge Replacement - New Hamburg Station

NECHPI honors Albany Medical Center CHP Project

Rachel Ceasar - Monday, May 19, 2014

On May 13th, NECHPI (Northeast Clean Heat and Power Initiative) convened their annual meeting in Albany, NY. NECHPI, who members represent NYSERDA, MA DOER, NY Energy Bank, and other leaders in the energy segment, is an organization that “strives to promote policies and practices conducive to the deployment of clean heat and power in applications where high over-all efficiency and associated economic and environmental benefits can be achieved”.


The Albany Medical Center Cogeneration Plant, which boasts over 75% efficiency in its first year of operations, was recognized as the “Outstanding CHP Project” of the year and honored as an exemplary cogeneration project. Bette & Cring was the Design-Build general contractor for this plant which began operations in 2013. Members of Albany Medical Center, Cogen Power Technologies, and CHA, were also on hand to accept the award.


Congratulations to all of the recipients.




Foundation work for Albany Medical Center Cogeneration Plant – Fall 2011

Crowd Gathers for SUNY Adirondack Opening

Rachel Ceasar - Friday, August 23, 2013

On September 1st, students will be moving in to on-campus housing for the first time in the history of SUNY Adirondack.


Bette & Cring was proud to join in the celebration and ribbon-cutting on August 22nd, for this new $20 Million facility with members of SUNY Adirondack and the community. The ceremony included remarks from SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy; Vice President of Administrative Services, William Long; members of the board of trustees, foundation, and bank; and Matthew Bette, founding member of Bette & Cring. 


Built over the course of 14 months, the new four-story “H-Shaped” building, which came in on budget and on schedule, offers 406 beds in a suite-style configuration. There are 78 suites, including two Residence Director Suites, and a commons area that features a fitness center, a multipurpose room, classrooms, study areas, game room, office spaces, and laundry room. Bette & Cring’s project leadership team - Division Manager Dick White, Project Manager, Bryan Lamansky, and Superintendent David Roseboom - worked closely with the college’s project team to help guide their first residential construction project to a successful outcome.  


This project reflects a growing national trend of community and two-year colleges adding on-campus living to both enhance the student experience and to make the institutions colleges more competitive with four-year schools. With the college expecting almost 350 students to move in next week, early indicators project on-campus student housing at SUNY Adirondack to flourish.









Groundbreaking - M&T Bank

Rachel Ceasar - Friday, July 26, 2013

On July 25th, Bette & Cring joined M&T Bank to celebrate the start of construction of a new 2,600 SF branch bank at Hamilton Square on Western Avenue in Guilderland, NY.


In attendance were M&T Bank Albany Regional President Mike Keegan and M&T’s regional leaders and local branch staff; Bill Lia of Lia Auto Group, the project developer; members of the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce and the Albany County Executive’s Office; Bette & Cring team members; and local community residents.


The new branch, which will replace an aging existing building, is designed with contemporary architecture and energy-efficient features, and will complement the redevelopment of the surrounding retail center.





New Honors! - BD&C “Giants 300”

Rachel Ceasar - Thursday, July 25, 2013


Building Design + Construction Magazine has recently released its annual Giants 300 Report which is an annual ranking of the Top 300 AEC firms in the US and Canada.


Bette & Cring, a Bette Company, secured the 69th place ranking for Top Contractors of 2013.


Bette & Cring also placed on several of the building categories including:

  • Top Multifamily Construction Firm – 18th
  • Top K-12 School Sector Construction Firm – 30th
  • Top Cultural Facility Construction Firm – 35th


Bette & Cring is proud to earn these new honors for 2013 and congratulates our staff and all team members involved. Check the BD+C Report for all our rankings here.

A New Look for Bette & Cring – Same Great People, Service, and Values.

Rachel Ceasar - Wednesday, May 30, 2012

In the past decade, while the digital age has overtaken us and social media is the norm, we’ve been busy – busy building, well…BUILDINGS!  This past year we’ve taken some time to look at our brand and how it communicates what this company is about.


Our goals in this process centered on refining our brand to:
•    Reflect what Bette & Cring stands for today
•    Create a look that makes people take notice of Bette & Cring

•    Communicate Bette & Cring’s values and philosophy in plain, simple language


We took the time to examine what Bette & Cring is known for; how we perceive ourselves and our business; and what we want to convey to our client base. What it boiled down to was a few common derivatives emphasizing quality work, fair prices, and problem-solving provided by a staff that honestly cares about the work that they do.  Simply put, Bette & Cring is all about “Building Value” for our customers, our company, and our community.


The concept of “Building Value” is the basis of the Bette & Cring brand. In our new website, as well as our print collateral and written communications, “Building Value” is a central theme that will appear regularly to reinforce it with our customers and our employees.


Like our company, the visualization of the Bette & Cring brand is a composition of modern and clean elements juxtaposed with traditional accents. Simple shapes and lines are the hallmark of our logo and layouts. The typography is based on sans-serif with the occasional use of more classic, serif fonts. A traditional color palette of Black and White is contemporized by the addition of a vibrant yellow and fresh secondary colors.


Bold colors, statements, and photography are the hallmarks of the new Bette & Cring brand now and into the future. Not only do these elements catch your attention, they reflect and communicate the values and principles that Bette & Cring was founded on.


Take a look through our new website to see our new brand in action. Check back often for new blog posts and news about Bette & Cring and our projects.


We hope you enjoy the new look and feel of the Bette & Cring brand as much as we do.